very little has been written of the first battles in the Mediterranean and North Africa and even less of the air war there. This book goes a long way to redressing the omissions. In the period June to November 1940 covered by this book, it was a conflict between the British and Free French against the Italians Reviews Aerospace and Defence Nighthawk Firetrench Directory
NAME: Desert Prelude, Early clashes CLASSIFICATION: Book Reviews FILE: R1600 DATE: 140310 AUTHOR: Hakan Gustavsson, Ludovico Slongo PUBLISHER: MMP BINDING: Soft back PAGES: 224 PRICE: GB ￡19.99 GENRE: Non fiction SUBJECT: WWII, 1939-1945, North Africa, desert warfare, aviation, French Air Force, Italian Air Force, Royal Air Force ISBN: 978-83-89450-52-4 IMAGE: B1600.jpg LINKS: http://tinyurl.com/ DESCRIPTION: This is part of the MMP White Series that provides detail history together with many photographs and some colour drawings. The publisher's roots are in producing special interests books that are aimed at model makers and model engineers. From those roots the publisher has developed into ranges of books that continue to provide the photographic and drawing detail that a modeller would require, but including that in a book that contains extensive and detailed text to satisfy the historian and aviation enthusiast. Desert Prelude, Early clashes The Battles of Norway, of France, and of Britain and the Eastern Front where Germany fought the USSR were the battle grounds that had first priority. All of the new weapons and equipment were tried in these areas of the conflict. At sea the main preoccupation was in the North Atlantic. All other battlefields took second place. Similarly, the Pacific was the main area of focus for the United States although its forces made an important contribution in Europe. As a result, authors and publishers have followed the priority battles. The Mediterranean and North Africa have received less attention that they deserve. What attention has been given has concentrated largely on the duel between Montgomery and Rommel, with some coverage of the US Torch landings after the British had defeated Rommel. In the process, very little has been written of the first battles in the Mediterranean and North Africa and even less of the air war there. This book goes a long way to redressing the omissions. In the period June to November 1940 covered by this book, it was a conflict between the British and Free French against the Italians and the Vichy French. In the air, it was largely a battle between biplanes with a few obsolescent monoplanes. The twin engine Blenheim MkIF passed for a high performance fighter. British Gauntlet and Hart biplanes fought Fiat biplanes were their armament was essentially from WWI. The British Gladiator was an advanced biplane having four rifle calibre machine guns, enclosed cockpit and radiotelephone. The authors have captured this well and the many photographs include rare and unseen images. All in all, this is an excellent book at a very affordable price.